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Held within the North East Film Archive's vaults are over 600 films - more than a quarter of a million feet of film - comprising the heart and soul of Durham during the 20th century.

We're asking for your support to raise £5,000 to help preserve and share Durham's film heritage. The collection reveals an extraordinary record of our times, from the changes in industry to the evolving landscape and architecture of the city. Holidays to home life, schooldays to local events. Community occasions such as the miners' galas, popular jazz bands, local crafts and traditions - all captured on film, all building into a compelling visual legacy of the city.

Exploring 100 years of women on film

What reactions do you get when you show young millennials, who didn’t grow up with feminist issues at the forefront of their family life, a selection of films that depict women’s lives over the last 100 years?  Bethany, Zoe and Freya, second year history students at York St John University, recently completed placements with YFA, working on our ‘What About the Women?’ project.  Find out what they thought about the films that they explored.

All is Groovy

In her first blog post our fabulous volunteer Jenna has scoured the archives for films showing mid-century youth fads and fashions. This first instalment explores the baby boomers of the post-war years and their coming of age in the early 1960s, embracing everything from beehives to bouffants and kinky boots to Italian suits.

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Archive Picks

YORKSHIRE CURIOSITIES

This is a documentary film made by Jack Eley about interesting historical sites in Yorkshire.  The soundtrack features an audio commentary against a musical background of a brass band playing various tunes, starting and ending with ‘On Ilkley Moor bar t’at’. 

Title: ‘Yorkshire Curiosities...

Film ID: 1228 Year: 1959

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